Mississauga Culture and the Living Arts Centre's #ArtsAtHome campaign is dedicated to curating relevant resources and engaging activities that support our creative communities and industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this website, you'll find handy links to artist and industry assistance programs, local networks for live streaming entertainment, curated playlists, artist interviews and more. We'll also be sharing various creative tutorials and activities from our Mississauga community groups and Museums for all ages and abilities to try. Be sure to check back often and follow-us on social media @saugaculture for the latest in creative news and content.
More links and resources are added on a daily basis.
Kids' Creative Summer
If you're looking for creative activities all summer long, then look no further! The Kids' Creative Summer website offers arts, crafts, and fun camp-like games for kids during the summer break. Projects and activities will be released twice a week and can be accessed anytime. Watch a video or follow-along with a 'How-To' activity guide to create and try new things this summer. Each week will feature a different theme with projects that are sure to engage and excite.
Ballet Door Hanger - Upcycle a dance costume or tulle/fabric to create this DIY 'ballet dancer' door hanger to show off your personality, creativity and design style! Watch this video for reference.
Ballet Scrunchies - This fun DIY project is all about upcycling your old dance costumes. Turn those costumes into creative ballet scrunchies for your hair, decor, or tying up your pencil crayons! Watch this video for reference.
Watercolour Greeting Cards - Looking for way to connect with friends and family you haven't seen in a while? How about creating DIY Watercolour greeting cards and with your own custom messages? This fun and easy craft will be sure to create to some smiles and joy. Watch this video for reference.
Dance Bingo - Did someone say Dance Bingo? Test your dance knowledge with this fun video and play along with your family or virtually with your dance friends!
Stained Class Window Activity - Here is an activity that will get your entire family involved! Design your family coat of arms and make it into a unique stained glass window.
Painted Rocks - Inspired by spring & Canadian female artists Prudence Heward, Maud Lewis & Christi Belcourt, today's DIY craft are painted rocks. Have fun with this easy craft to spruce up your garden as flowers begin to bloom! Share your artistic creations & tag us!
Papier Mache Donut - This #TryItTuesday, our instructors put together a fun Papier Mache Donut craft for you to make at home! Watch this YouTube video for reference. We love seeing your creations! Share your artwork and tag us!
Recycled Birdhouse Instructions - Celebrate Earth Day 2020 by making your own birdhouse out of recycled materials. You can make a birdhouse from an old pop bottle or milk carton, & decorate it using paint, paper & or stickers.
Homemade Play Dough Recipe - It's #TryItTuesday, so we're sharing Research Parent's Homemade Play Dough Recipe with your kids (recommended for ages 4-7)! Share your creations, and don't forget to tag us!
Drawing Prompt #1: Draw from a Shadow - Grab those pens, pencils, or paintbrushes and share artwork based on our drawing prompt! Today's prompt: Draw from a shadow Don't forget to tag us in your #ArtsAtHome creations!
Mixed Media Birds - We have a super fun craft for using materials you can find in your own home! Create your own 'Mixed Media Birds' and don't forget to share your artwork and tag us! Watch on Youtube.
Public Art & Exhibitions
Maps of Mississauga Online Exhibit- Maps of Mississauga is a showcase of work by artists and illustrators who created artistic interpretations of their neighbourhoods in the midst of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic.
State of Being (of the Current Situation)- Visual Arts Mississauga's Creative Residents (VCR) 2020 proudly present their new exhibition, State of Being (of the Current Situation), launching May 15, 2020. This program and exhibition allows Residents to carve out their space as emerging artists while in the pursuit of showcasing the reality of their current, individual situations.
Rise Up Mississauga - Concert of Hope - Come together with 25 incredible Mississauga artists for Rise Up Mississauga - Concert of Hope on Friday, May 8 at 7pm. Tune into Mississauga Arts Council Facebook Page for the free virtual concert!
Filmed in Mississauga Collection - We've curated some must-watch movies and TV series from our Filmed-in-Mississauga Collection to keep you entertained all week long! What will you watch next?
MusicTogether.ca - Go to a concert without leaving home. Support Ontario musicians by tuning into live performances daily on MusicTogether.ca.
Museums & Heritage
Help capture this time in history. We invite you to share content for both the following initiatives:
Peel Time Capsule 2020 - The Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) and Museums of Mississauga are creating a COVID-19 time capsule to document the experience and memories of the pandemic. Contribute items to the time capsule that chronicle the social, health, economic impacts of COVID-19 across Peel.
General Support for Artists and Arts Organizations
Ontario Provides Significant Financial Support to the Arts Sector- The Ontario government is supporting the arts sector with a one-time investment of $25 million to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic, remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences.
Ontario Investing in Music Industry During COVID-19- Unison Benevolent Fund will receive a one-time grant of up to $2 million to immediately support individual musicians and industry workers, many of whom have lost their sources of income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for Live Music Events (Department of Canadian Heritage via the Canada Music Fund)- The purpose of the Support for Live Music Events program is to stimulate the employment of Canadian artists and cultural workers, including technicians and other service providers and supporting workers, by providing financial support for live music events featuring Canadian artists that can be presented before an in-person audience and/or through digital dissemination.
Ontario Live- A virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province. Coming soon, you'll be able to buy, donate to, or experience the best Ontario has to offer all in one place.
Festivals & Events
Celebrate Ontario (closed) - Government of Ontario- Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.
SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund- Grants of $250 to eligible SOCAN music creator and publisher members to provide some financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Actors' Fund of Canada (AFC)- Provides short-term emergency financial assistance to entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid.
The Lakeview Farmers' Market runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and operates Sundays from May 30th to October 10th. The Market features local, sustainable, organic, and artisanal products, which provide an important source of income for local farmers, growers, producers, and artisans.
Join the Museums of Mississauga in partnership with the University of Toronto's Master of Museum Studies Program for the virtual opening of the exhibition The Lengths We Go: Reflections on Hair.
Eat fresh and shop local this summer at Celebration Square. This favourite central market offers a broad variety of items including homemade preserves and honey, baked goods, locally produced wine and Ontario-grown fruits and vegetables.
Develop your personal storytelling voice with writer Anjalee Nadarajan. Learn why your voice and your story is necessary for the vibrancy of this city.